For the past 5 years Heather Bell has focused her photographic practice on social and cultural history and the profound impact it has had, not only on our culture today but also our memories. Crucial to her work is the development of meaningful interactions with custodians of archival materials, families and online.
Heather’s work uses archives that have been donated or found to tell stories that often focus on the trappings of power and the resulting restrictions. Her aim is to give voices to those that were left unheard; taking a critical view on social, political and cultural issues, by focusing on aspects of personal, feminist and marginalised histories that have simply been forgotten.
With every story that is explored, the time is taken to research different versions of events and Heather’s responses and interpretations seek to highlight and give new life to the memories of the victims and the people that have been ignored.
Heather uses a wide variety of materials and processes within her creations and although between projects there may not be many material similarities between them, there is also recurring formal concerns between the issues she explores.